Sunday, May 3, 2009

Trial day two

When I got to the trial today, the judge was out walking her dog. She said to me, "You know, most dogs don't get two Q's in their first trial. It usually takes a while. So I hope you know what an accomplishment that is."

That was nice to hear. I know it is a big accomplishment. If only she had seen my dog a few weeks ago, running in random circles around that very same field! Then, she would know how huge it really was for us.

My day started with getting talked into trying out the North American Challenge run. If we Q'd, we would be able to go to the championships, even though we are still in the beginner level. We would just have to do this run at the next level up, Intern.

I walked the course twice, thought OK, we can do this. So, I added my name to the list.

Oreo did great. He popped out of the weave poles, but even with that fault you can still Q. Unfortunately, he back jumped one jump in the corner. So we got a NQ.

Still, we had fun, and it was good to try a more challenging course. Time to really work on those 12 poles.

Next up Standard 3. If we Q'd we be getting our first "Title" = cool fancy ribbon.

Oreo did great. He got hung up again around the tire, but I was able to get him back on track and he finished under time! Yea Oreo!

Last up was strategic time gamble. Your first 30 seconds, you make your own course, accumulating points as you go. Beginners need 15. No problem with that. After the buzzer, we had 16 seconds to rack up more points, then get over the final jump before the buzzer, but no sooner than one second earlier than the buzzer. However, if you got the bonus that gave you an extra second either way. CONFUSING!

Needless to say, I messed up. Jeff tried to scoot us to the end, but I didn't even hear him. Oreo did!

All in all, it was a great weekend. We had fun, Oreo did great, and I'm looking forward to our next trial. I'm hoping Oreo will continue to gain some confidence, and pick up some speed.

DOCNA is a really friendly venue, especially for beginners. I highly recommend it, if it is available near you! The nicest part about this trial was how wonderful the people were. Everyone was friendly, supportive, kind. There was really no competitiveness. Everyone was just there to have a good time. Dog people are the best people.


LauraK said...

you look like a pro out there! i loved when oreo stopped and stared at the camera, so cute =) congrats on the title, that's so exciting!

Nicki said...

congrats on everything. what an exciting weekend and start to a great career!

Sprite, the odd dog. said...

Congrats! You are FAMOUS!!!!!

Lian said...

WooHoo! Well done Oreo and well done Sara! You both so well. I was very surprised to see so many tunnels under the A Frame and DW, surely not a beginner course. Great job!

Diana said...

Great job! You guys look wonderful! Diana

Ricky the Sheltie said...

Congratulations!!!! Your first title! That's just so amazing! You guys did so well. Sara, you look so happy out there! It's so awesome to do so well at your first trial! We're thrilled for you!

madcobug said...

You both did great. That was so cute when Oreo stopped and looked at Jeff then went on with you. He is really racking up those ribbons. Helen

Ludo van Doggy said...

What a great start to an agility career! Well done Oreo on all the ribbons. You could see how happy you were with him and you could really see his confidence grow as he worked the course.